PGTI’s collaborative products include:
- “UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Building Equality for Women in the Construction Trades,” a review of previous research providing definitive evidence that the exclusion of women from careers in construction is due to gender discrimination and an absence of political will and that the solutions to this complex social failure lie in complex strategies & persistent push for change
- Finishing the Job: Best Practices for a Diverse Workforce in the Construction Industry a practical hands-on guide which includes checklists for construction owners, developers, managers, contractors, subcontractors, building trade unions, and community-based organizations
- “Game Changers: New strategies for crushing the barriers for women entering the construction trades”, the March 21, 2014 community forum, which brought 130 leading stakeholders together on the UMass Boston campus to discuss best practices for recruiting and retaining women in the building trades.
Eight years of collaboration have brought important advances in women’s access to good paying careers in the construction trades in the Boston area.
- The Building Trades “Building Pathways pre-apprenticeship program” has graduated over 100 low-income Boston residents. Fifty present are women, 95% are people of color and 85% have been placed in apprenticeship and are working in the industry.
- The UMass Boston Project Labor Agreement’s ISC is the first project in the history of the BRJP to meet all the Boston Resident Jobs Policy targets of 50/25/10.
- The City of Boston’s compliance data for the BRJP is available to the public online. At https://www.cityofboston.gov/brjp/.
- Demographic data on gender and race for all state-approved apprenticeship programs is online at http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/das.
- Women’s hours on BRJP projects doubled from 3% to 5% in 2011-2013.
PGTI has met bi-monthly since 2008 to work on the persistent policy failure to open up good jobs in the construction trades to women.We send our meeting reminders and minutes through email in addition to listening them on our website. If you would like to join our email list, please contact our Research Assistant. We’ll update our contact list with your information and keep you in the loop on our meeting schedule. You can also contact our Research Assistant to update your contact settings or change the frequency we send you email.